Weekly Inspiration Interview - Betsy Davis Photography
I'm excited to introduce Betsy Davis Photography! I have loved seeing her work recently and just had to give her a shout out. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do and be sure to go Like her FB page.
How long have you been shooting and what inspired you to begin with?
I’ve always had a creative side, and for as long as I can remember, I have loved capturing memories through photographs. As a child, I gallivanted through family vacations with my 110 film camera, and did “commercial photo shoots” in my bedroom with my sister for various household products. I never took a photography class because what appealed to me about photography was capturing things that meant something to me, and I was certain that in a class, I’d be forced to take pictures of things that had no personal intrinsic meaning, like rocks or a fence. Ha! I picked up my first DSLR in the summer of 2013. I immediately put it in Manual, and fumbled my way through learning to use it, with the desire to capture the childhood of my children in a way that would tell their stories from an early age.
What is your current favorite image and why?
My favorite photo right now is one of my husband playing with our son and daughter in our family room, throwing them in the air. It is part of a personal photo documentary series I am working on, called “When Daddy Comes Home,” where I am documenting the adorable and fun relationship between my husband and our kids. I adore capturing the love and playfulness they share! You can see the ongoing series on my facebook page.
Describe your work in three or four words.
Honest. Meaningful. True to life.
What is in your camera bag and favorite lens to shoot with?
My Canon 6D, my 50mm 1.8, and Tamron 28-75mm. I almost always have my Tamron 28-75 on my camera!
How/Where do you find your inspiration and creativity?
My kids triggered my inspiration to pick up a decent camera and learn how to use it, but my real inspiration comes from attempting to capture the essence of who they are. I want my children to be able to look back, years from now, and see without a shadow of a doubt the undeniable beauty of who God made them right from the start. I shoot hoping they will re-live the stories of their life through pictures, and notice the common thread of God’s awesome creation and design, illustrated through the bonds of love and grace in our home and each of our unique personality traits. Capturing my daughter’s contagious laughter and carefree heart juxtaposed to my son’s serious, contemplative side is just one illustration of how we each have a unique role, both in our family, and in this world. I want to help them embrace who they were created to be.
What are your current goals?
Where do I even start? I have several business related goals, but I’ll spare you those boring details! My main goal right now is to reach out to others who have gone before me, to seek more structured mentorship, and learn as much as I can. Being self-taught, I have so much to learn still, and it excites me to grow in something I love so dearly.
One word of wisdom that you would like to offer or encouragement to fellow photographers?
Shoot what you love. Don’t be afraid to share your voice and your story through photos, even if they’re not “perfect.” There is no one else who sees the world through your eyes, and you will bless others by sharing your unique perspective.
Website : www.betsydavisphotography.com